The Daily Beast is celebrating a new exhibit on “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk.” Naturally, this is funded by the New York Council on the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts, “with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.”
Here’s more government-subsidized liberalism, for the museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Peter Davis writes “One of the sweetest moments in the show is a celebration of the historical gay marriage rulings.”
There are two brides together and two grooms holding hands. One of the grooms represented is CFDA President Steven Kolb, who married his partner Jay Inkpen in December 2012. “I was very surprised but flattered when Valerie asked me to borrow our suits,” Kolb says, adding: “queer style is ultimately an expression of freedom to love and be who you are."
The exhibit’s also celebrated in two New York Times articles. Guy Trebay wrote: “In the age of gay marriage, it can seem almost implausible that designers like Christian Dior, Bill Blass, Halston and countless others spent their professional lives in the closet, or that homophobia was rampant in a field where stereotypes have long held that many creative types were gay.”
At least these celebrations didn't drag in the usual Reagan-callously-ignored-AIDS myths.